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COTTON USA Buyers Tour to Indonesia Provides Business Connections

2009 (June)
Leading brands and retailers from 28 global companies joined the COTTON USA Buyers Tour to Indonesia and met suppliers of pure cotton woven and knit fabrics and garments. The Buyers Tour included industry briefings, a two-day COTTON USA trade fair, mill tours and showroom visits. Thirty-five mills from across Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand participated in CCI’s COTTON USA trade fair based on their high quality items constructed from a majority of U.S. cotton, as well as their ability to work in export markets. The textile industry in Southeast Asia, with its dominance in the global textile arena and loyal use of high quality U.S. cotton, led CCI to conduct a tour to this region and provided many profitable networking opportunities for buyers searching for U.S. cotton-rich textile products.
 

                                     Picture of people viewing fabric at the COTTON USA Buyers Tour to Indonesia           Picture of attendees view denim during the COTTON USA Buyers Tour to Indonesia

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International Buyers Converge in Turkey to Meet COTTON USA Suppliers

2009 (March/April)
Buyers representing Japanese, Italian, German, UK and U.S. brands and retailers met leading Turkish suppliers of U.S. cotton-rich fabric and garments during the weeklong COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing Buyers Tour to Turkey. This was the fifth Buyers Tour to Turkey over the past six years. The tour included a briefing session with CCI, Cotton Incorporated and the Turkish cotton and textile industry, and then two days of visits to sixteen suppliers’ showrooms around Istanbul. The group also heard a presentation on the Turkish textile industry from ITKIB, the Turkish Textile and Garment Exporters’ Association. Twenty-two COTTON USA suppliers assembled at CCI’s private trade show where buyers and sellers had a full day for meetings. The tour ended with two days of factory visits in Bursa, Kahramanmaras and Istanbul, where the buyers viewed U.S. cotton in spinners’ warehouses, and inspected each company’s manufacturing facilities producing U.S. cotton-rich denims, knitwear, sportswear and garments. Within weeks of the Tour reports were received that orders have been placed for denim at an estimated value of more than $825,000 over the next six months.

Picture of 3 people talking at the Turkey Buyers Tour  Picture of a lady looking at a fabric textile machine at the Turkey Buyers Tour  Picture of two men looking at a shirt at the Turkey Buyers Tour

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Sustainable U.S. Cotton Gains Popularity at Evteks Home Textile Trade Fair

2009 (May)Picture of a posted displaying a T-shirt contest during Evteks Home Textile Trade Fair
CCI touted 
U.S. cotton’s sustainability and its significance in home textiles at Evteks, the world’s 2nd largest home textile show. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the fair in Istanbul, welcoming over 75,000 visitors. An estimated 3,000 visitors to the COTTON USA stand at the show learned about the U.S. cotton industry’s solid track record on producing cotton in a sustainable manner. CCI distributed brochures and buttons featuring messages such as “My natural choice is cotton” and invited visitors to participate in CCI’s Natural World T-shirt design contest. During the fair, two companies expressed interest in joining the COTTON USA licensing program and taking advantage of its numerous benefits. CCI has participated in Evteks as a prime sponsor for five years.

       Picture of two people in front of booth at the Evteks Home Textile Trade Fair        Picture of attendees at a conference at the Evt

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Record Number of Companies Inquire About COTTON USA at Texworld and Première Vision

 

2009 (February)
A record number of companies approached CCI regarding COTTON USA licensing agreements at the two trade shows in Paris, despite the economic climate preventing a number of visitors from attending. Key benefits such as customized sourcing services and a cost-free license to use the Mark proved to be popular selling points for COTTON USA and U.S. cotton. Texworld and Première Vision represent the largest combined exhibition of the world’s leading textile mills, and the U.S. cotton booth provided a full repertoire of U.S. cotton information from CCI, Cotton Incorporated and Supima. Key European and international brands and retailers visited the U.S. cotton booths, including Marks and Spencer, Abercrombie and Fitch, Bueltel, Stefanel, Calamar, J. Crew, Chicco, Sainsbury’s and SRG.  
   

          Pic of two ladies at the booth at Texworld exhibition       Pic of a group of visitors at the booth at Texworld exhibition       Pic of three ladies stand at the booth at Texworld exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

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Lean Manufacturing Seminars in Turkey Offer Valuable Strategies

 

2009 (January)
Turkey’s leading textile and garment manufacturers learned how lean manufacturing can improve the efficiency of their business during a two day seminar in Istanbul held by CCI in cooperation with [TC]2. The training focused on providing a better understanding of the requirements for lean manufacturing and its impact on the culture of an organization. The seminar also included information on cotton’s sustainability from Cotton Incorporated. Over 30 top executives received training, an opportunity available exclusively to COTTON USA licensees, and many expressed an interest in further education in lean manufacturing. The seminars also generated a dialogue on cooperation between CCI and the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association. Following the seminars, [TC]2 and CCI visited one of Turkey’s most-respected jeans manufacturers to give further insight to the lean processes.




          Pic of a group sitting at a seminar           Pic of group at the Lean Manufacturing Seminar

 

 

 Pic of three men listening to an interpreter at the Lean Manufacturing Seminar

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

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U.S. Cotton Contacts Meet at Heimtextil and “Cotton Club”

 

2009 (January)
Visitors to the U.S. cotton booth at Heimtextil in Germany viewed a sampling of U.S. cotton-rich bed and bath linens, used CCI’s sourcing services to identify new suppliers of U.S. cotton-rich products, and learned about cotton-related environmental issues. Sixteen COTTON USA licensees from China, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom displayed their products at Heimtextil. CCI, Cotton Incorporated and Supima represented the U.S. cotton industry at the trade show. During the event, CCI interviewed key decision makers from highly reputable German brands and retailers for a COTTON USA “vodcast” in which they explained why cotton, and especially U.S. cotton, is important for their business. The subsequent “Cotton Club,” CCI’s signature networking event, gave COTTON USA global partners the opportunity to extend supply chain contacts worldwide. About 110 people attended the event, which included a cotton trivia game, comedians and live music.



      Pic of woman viewing display of cotton towels and bathrobes       Pic of a display of cotton towels and bathroom   

 

 Pic of a man and woman sitting and discussing cotton samplings

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Record Number of Companies Join COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China

2008 (October)COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China (pic of man viewing fabric)
The record-breaking number of participants in CCI’s recent COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China reported a strong interest in sourcing U.S. cotton-rich garments from China. The weeklong event held in Shanghai attracted buyers representing Chinese, European, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai and U.S. brands and retailers. CCI recruited 20 of China’s leading knit and woven fabric or garment suppliers to participate in the event. The tour included extensive briefing sessions, a one-and-a-half-day trade show and two days of factory visits in Ningbo and Hangzhou, where the buyers inspected each company’s manufacturing facilities and U.S. cotton-rich wovens, denims, knitwear, sportswear and garments. The tour ended with a day’s participation at the Intertextile Shanghai trade show, where buyers held follow-up meetings with the mills they met at the beginning of the tour. This was the fourth COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China over the past 18 months.

 

          COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China Event Pic (man display fabric to women)           COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China Pic (people at desk viewing fabric)

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Intertextile Shanghai Trade Shows Feature U.S. Cotton

2008 (September/October)Intertextile Shanghai Trade Shows Pic (pic of shirt with logos)
The U.S. cotton booths at the home and apparel Intertextile Shanghai shows celebrated cotton as the natural choice for consumers. Visitors to the booths viewed the full package of services offered by the U.S. cotton industry. CCI’s first-time booth at the Intertextile Home trade show featured COTTON USA licensees’ latest collections. The U.S. cotton booth at the Intertextile Apparel show showcased the comprehensive array of services and technical solutions for users of U.S. cotton throughout the supply chain, including CCI’s COTTON USA SCM program, consumer marketing, product trend analysis, product development and new technologies by Cotton Incorporated. Supima also joined the apparel booth to feature U.S. Pima cotton. Nearly 100 brands and suppliers inquired about the COTTON USA licensing program and the many ways in which it could benefit them.

 

 

        Intertextile Shanghai Trade Shows Pic (booth display)                 Intertextile Shanghai Trade Shows Pic (booth display)

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U.S. Cotton a Hot Topic at Trade Shows in Paris

2008 (September)U.S. Cotton Topic at Trade Shows in Paris (pic of group at table)
Sustainability and the COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) were key talking points amongst visitors to the U.S. cotton booth at the Texworld and Premiere Vision Trade Shows in Paris. Key European brands and retailers visited the booths including Marks and Spencer, Bueltel, Stefanel, Austin Reed, Bruehl and Intersport. CCI and Cotton Incorporated jointly exhibited at both shows, and Supima had a section in the booth at Texworld. These two shows represent the largest combined exhibition of the world’s leading mills and offer an exceptional opportunity to learn about the advantages of U.S. cotton. As a result, one of Pakistan’s largest industrial units has already approached CCI regarding a new COTTON USA licensing agreement.

                 U.S. Cotton Topic at Trade Shows in Paris (pic of men at booth)                        U.S. Cotton Topic at Trade Shows in Paris (pic of booth meeting)

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“Cotton’s Revolutions” Conference in Dubai Provides Business Edge

2008 (June)
U.S. cotton’s customers got an exclusive glimpse at short and long-term developments in global business during the “Cotton’s Revolutions From Sourcing to Sustainability” conference in Dubai, sponsored by CCI and Cotton Incorporated. A private speed-sourcing event and trade fair following the seminar allowed buyers to interview COTTON USA Mark-licensed textile suppliers who displayed their items in trade show booths at the event. Nearly 130 brands, retailers, mills, manufacturers and merchants from Europe, the U.S., South Asia and Southeast Asia attended the two-day conference, which consisted of panel discussions ranging from regional sourcing advantages to cotton’s sustainability. Attendees heard a summary of the “Cotton’s Revolutions,” a strategic thinking initiative analyzing how demographics, natural resource management, technology, the movement of information, global economic integration, conflict and governance will challenge companies and society as they move toward 2025. Post-event surveys show that 89 percent of respondents gained substantive new information from the conference and 93 percent made new business contacts.  Seventy five percent of the respondents gave the conference an overall grade of “excellent” while 100 percent of the respondents indicated that the conference should be repeated.

 

 Photo: Two men standing the booth talking during the Cotton's Revolutions Conference in Dubai 

 

 

                 Photo: A man sitting in a chair during the Cotton's Revolutions Conference in Dubai                Photo: Participants sitting classroom style during the Cotton's Revolutions Conference in Dubai

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CCI Sponsors 14th EVTEKS Home Textile Trade Show in Istanbul

2008 (May)
More than 81,000 home textile industry representatives had an opportunity to learn about U.S. cotton’s benefits while visiting EVTEKS, the world’s 2nd largest home textile trade show. Boasting 11 full exhibition halls and 150,000 square meters of space, EVTEKS showcased the latest home textile products, from bed, bath and kitchen fashions to upholstery. EVTEKS featured 740 exhibitors, including a record 95 international exhibitors, evidence of its increasing importance in the global marketplace. Visitors represented all industry sectors, from importers and exporters to retailers. International visitors (non-Turkish) comprised 16 percent of attendees, a 4 percent increase from 2007. CCI’s Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program supports trade shows such as EVTEKS to show attendees the business advantages the U.S. cotton industry’s services. Such services include participation in exclusive sourcing events, buyer delegations to key manufacturing countries, no-cost licensing of the powerful COTTON USA Mark, and consumer marketing and promotion of U.S. cotton products.

 

 Photo: Billboard display announcement about the CCI Sponsors 14th EVTEKS Home Textile Conference

  

 

                Photo: Aerial shot of booth displays at the CCI Sponsors 14th EVTEKS Home Textile             Photo: Three people talking at a booth at the CCI Sponsors 14th EVTEKS Home Textile

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Turkish Spinning Industry Learns About Risk Management in Cotton Buying

2008 (May)
COTTON USA’s 2nd Risk Management Seminar in Cappadochia, Turkey instructed a record number of textile mill executives about factors that influence option pricing, hedging choices and option strategies. Participants practiced mock trading using a live platform from ICE Futures U.S. In addition to the keynote presentation on risk management by consultant Judith Ganes, attending mills also heard presentations on world cotton production, trade and consumption; cotton and environmental issues; and COTTON USA’s recent Global Lifestyle Monitor results which compared shopping habits of Turkish and major European consumers. In a post-event survey, mill executives said they found all presentations informative and 100 percent felt that similar seminars should be held in the future.

 

 

 Photo: Banner display announcement about the Risk Management Seminar.

 

 

                Photo: Turkish Spinners sitting classroom style learning about Risk Management                     Photo: Turkish Spinners sitting classroom style learning about Risk Management

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U.S. Cotton Highlighted at Texworld and Premiere Vision

 

 2008 (February)
Cotton buyers, mills, manufacturers and retailers visiting the U.S. cotton booth at the Texworld and Premiere Vision trade shows in Paris received in-depth knowledge about the supply chain. U.S. cotton trend and technical information from CCI, Cotton Incorporated and Supima was a valuable resource for visitors, while the COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program helped U.S. cotton’s customers establish new business relationships. The U.S. cotton booth captured the attention of key European and international brands and retailers including Marks and Spencer, Bruehl, Max Mara, Bueltel, TMG, Hermann Buehler, Arcadia, JC Penney, Mango and Stefanel. In order to take advantage of the priority SCM services offered to COTTON USA partners, two Turkish companies signed new COTTON USA licenses.

 

Picture of attendees from the U.S. Cotton Highligh       Picture of attendees viewing fabric from the U.S. Cotton Highligh

 

 

 Picture of the booth from the U.S. Cotton Highligh

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

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Cotton Recognized During International Year of Natural Fibers

IYNF-International Year of Natural Fiber Logo

Cotton and all natural fibers will be celebrated around the globe following a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly proclaiming 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibers (IYNF). The main intent of IYNF is to raise the profile of natural fibers, including cotton, and emphasize their value to consumers and to society, while helping to sustain farmer income. Cotton — a natural, renewable and biodegradable resource — is the largest natural fiber in the global fiber, textile and apparel economy, now representing roughly 80 percent of all natural fibers consumed.  For more information from COTTON USA on the benefits of natural U.S. cotton, click the following link:  Why U.S. Cotton.


 

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Retailers Pinpoint COTTON USA Sourcing Opportunities in Southeast Asia

2008 (April)Picture of Retailers viewing fabric on the Vietnam Buyers Tour
Eighteen retailers and trading companies from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the UK and the U.S. met 29 quality suppliers of U.S. cotton-rich products from three Southeast Asian countries during CCI’s second Buyers Tour to Vietnam. The COTTON USA Apparel Buyers Tour enabled buyers to conveniently explore the advantages of sourcing U.S. cotton-rich garments from the strong textile economies of Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as from Korean, Taiwanese and U.S. joint venture textile companies operating in Vietnam. During the tour, participating buyers visited textile and garment manufacturers in southern and central Vietnam, where they inspected each company’s manufacturing facilities and met with suppliers during a private trade fair to view U.S. cotton-rich wovens, denims, knitwear, sportswear and garments. Survey results reveal that 98 percent of participants reported that they would generate new business as a result of the event.
  

 

        Picture of Retailers viewing shirts on the Vietnam Buyers Tour               Picture of a Retailer viewing fabric samples on the Vietnam Buyers Tour

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Brands and Retailers Identify Suppliers at Pre-Fab in New York

2008 (January)
Over 850 visitors, including brands, retailers and designers, connected with mills using U.S. pima cotton at “Prefab,” Supima’s Premium Fabric show. Leading spinning mills such as the Guna group from Indonesia, Tai Yuen from Taiwan and Vardhman from India learned how COTTON USA Supply Chain Markting (SCM) program services, including priority access to private sourcing fairs such as Prefab, can help them promote their U.S. cotton-rich products. Top brands and retailers such as Haggar, J. Crew and Macy’s visited CCI’s booth to learn how COTTON USA’s customized sourcing services can help them identify partners with specific specialized products.


      Photo: Conference participants talking outside conference booth.         Photo: Booths displays at the Brands and Retailers Conference in New York.

 Photo: Tall clear vase with cotton balls and manniquins wearing cotton clothes.

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International Home Textile Trade Convenes at Heimtextil

2008 (January)
The COTTON USA pavilion at Heimtextil, regarded as the world’s largest home furnishings show, offered home textile buyers and suppliers the chance to vet U.S. cotton products from 17 global licensees and add contacts to their cache of business partners. About 150 international guests attended the “COTTON CLUB,” CCI’s signature networking event held for the second time at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. Attendees also found information on U.S. cotton’s sustainability. Giveaways of potato chips made with U.S. cottonseed oil demonstrated that U.S. cotton is a safe, natural, food-quality product. Cotton Incorporated and Supima’s presence at the booth rounded out the array of services offered by the U.S. cotton industry.


Photo: Group of people sitting around a table talking  Photo: Group of people visiting a booth talking.   Photo: Group of people sitting at tables beside a conference booth

 

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CCI’s Third Buyers Tour to China Concludes at Intertextile Shanghai

 

2007 (October)
CCI’s third COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China in 2007 attracted 10 key buyers as well as representatives from local buying offices from Europe and the United States. Participating buyers spent two days in Shanghai meeting 22 COTTON USA-qualified vendors of knit and woven fabrics and garments during CCI’s private trade fair, two days touring knit and woven factories, and one day at China’s largest textile trade fair, Intertextile Shanghai. Intertextile provided an ideal platform for CCI and Cotton Incorporated to reinforce the U.S. cotton industry’s services to users of U.S. cotton, link buyers and sellers of cotton fabrics, and support the textile and garment industry globally.

Buyers viewing denim jeans at the COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China     Picture of Buyers touring a factory at the COTTON USA Buyer    Picture of a buyer viewing fabric at the COTTON USA Buyer

 

 

 

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CCI Buyers Tour Simplifies Sourcing U.S. Cotton Home Textiles from China



2007 (August)

Photo: Group of participants sitting classroom style at a conference.


Sourcing high quality, U.S. cotton-rich towels and bed linens from Chinese suppliers was as simple as 1, 2, 3 for American and European buyers on CCI’s second COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China. After submitting an application form with their purchasing data, product types and contact information, 32 qualified buyers from 17 top brands and retailers traveled to China with CCI to meet suppliers pre-selected to fit their specific requirements. The group participated in a briefing session, a COTTON USA sourcing fair, mill tours and a visit to the Intertextile Shanghai Home trade show. The COTTON USA mini trade fair collected China’s leading home textile suppliers—recruited by CCI, Cotton Incorporated and the China Home Textile Association—under one roof for easy access. Buyers and suppliers alike profited from the meetings; post-event surveys reveal that participants each reported meeting several new suppliers.

 

                     Photo: Group of people sitting at a table looking at fabrics.                                         Photo: Man standing in a booth with fabrics.

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World’s Leading Textile Mills Converge in Paris

2007 (September)
Brands and retailers flocked to the Texworld and Première Vision trade shows to scope out textile trends and sourcing opportunities, and the U.S. cotton booth was a one-stop shop for those seeking cotton. Amidst the largest combined exhibition of the world’s leading textile mills, the U.S. cotton booth identified eligible suppliers with booths at the shows and disseminated valuable technical and trend information on sustainable U.S. cotton from CCI, Cotton Incorporated and Supima. Visitors also learned of the benefits of the 
COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program, such as exclusive sourcing events, buyer delegations to key manufacturing countries, no-cost licensing of the powerful COTTON USA Mark, and consumer marketing and promotion of your U.S. cotton products. Visiting brands and retailers included Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Ahlers Group, Tesco, Bültel Group, Thomas Pink and Stefanel. A vertically integrated company from Pakistan joined the COTTON USA licensing program to take advantage of the SCM benefits offered to COTTON USA partners.

 

  Photo: Man standing at the booth during a conference.     Photo: Two ladies talking at conference.     Photo: Three people sitting at a table talking during a conference. 

 

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Brands and Retailers Identify Western Hemisphere Suppliers at Sourcing Fair in Costa Rica

2007 (June)Photo: Four attendees talking beside a conference booth.
Fifteen prominent brands and retailers, such as Phillips Van Heusen, looked to balance their international sourcing efforts at COTTON USA’s Sourcing Fair in Costa Rica, and all found potential Western Hemisphere vendors of U.S. manufactured cotton products.  The private fair, hosted by the COTTON USA Sourcing Program, introduced 46 manufacturers from 10 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere to 15 brands/retailers and 12 U.S. mills. Participants conducted over 600 one-on-one meetings to provide retailers with sourcing options in the Western Hemisphere in addition to their current Asia-based manufacturers. Trade agreements such as the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) provide duty-free treatment for apparel products that are made from U.S. yarns or fabrics, making sourcing from the Western Hemisphere a more cost- and time-efficient option. The participating brands/retailers included: Ann Taylor, American Eagle, Casual Male, The Children’s Place, Gander Mountain, Gymboree, L.L. Bean, Pacific Sunwear, Perry Ellis, Phillips Van Heusen, Polo Ralph Lauren, QVC, Steve & Barry’s, Victoria’s Secret and Zara.

 

Photo: Three people sitting on a stage during a conference.    Photo: Attendees standing in front of a conference booth.  

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Japanese Retailers and Trading Companies Look to Southeast Asia for Sourcing

2007 (June)
Twenty-eight buyers from 12 Japanese retailers and trading companies spent four days in Ho Chi Minh City during CCI’s first Buyers Tour to Vietnam. With support from Cotton Incorporated, CCI’s COTTON USA-sponsored tour linked the Japanese retail market—the second largest in the world—with Southeast Asian manufacturers using U.S. cotton. Attending buyers reported that due to favorable trade policies, competitive prices and acceptable quality, Vietnam can play a major role as a production platform using ASEAN yarns and fabrics to satisfy Japanese consumers. The group met one-on-one with 34 suppliers from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam during a private trade fair, viewing U.S. cotton-rich wovens, denims, shirtings, knitwear, sportswear and garments. During the tour, the buyers also visited four textile and garment manufacturers in Ho Chi Minh City where they inspected each company’s manufacturing facilities. Participating retailers and trading companies included Akachan Honpo Co. Ltd.; AIC Inc.; Fujibo Textile, Inc.; Itochu Corporation; Marubeni Corporation; Mitsubishi Corporation; Mitsui & Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Shokai Ltd.; Sumitex International Co. Ltd.; TTM International; Uniqlo Ltd.; and UNY Co. Ltd.


Photo: Group of people sitting conference call style at the conference.   Photo: Two seminar participants exchanging business cards.   Photo: Conference participants standing at a booth looking at fabric.

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Garment Manufacturers and Textile Mills Receive “Lean” Training From CCI

2007 (April)Photo: Three men at a table doing a demonstration during a conference.
U.S. cotton’s customers in Indonesia and Thailand learned how implementing lean manufacturing can help them become more competitive in the global marketplace. Experts from [TC]2, Dr. Mike Fralix and Mr. Wilton Duncan, conducted the intensive training. More than 120 people from 26 companies benefited from the seminars. Post-event surveys indicate that 85 percent of participants agreed that “Lean” is appropriate for their companies, and the majority of respondents—67 percent in Thailand and 59 percent in Indonesia—said they planned to implement “Lean” within the next 12 months. Roughly half of the participants were unfamiliar with “Lean” before attending these workshops. CCI sponsors events such as this educational seminar series as a value-added service to companies using U.S. cotton, enabling them to build relationships throughout the supply chain and increase their competitiveness by utilizing new information and technology.


Photo: Attendees sitting a table during a conference.          Photo: A lady and two men at the table during the Lean Training.         Photo: Three men sitting a table during a conference.



 

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Retailers and Brands Connect with Turkish Suppliers During COTTON USA Sourcing Tour

2007 (June)Photo: A man and woman sittile at a table looking at denim jeans.
Fifteen leading European and American retailers and brands met key Turkish suppliers of U.S. cotton-rich products at the COTTON USA Textile and Apparel Sourcing Tour in Istanbul. During the event, participants toured showrooms, met one-on-one with Turkish suppliers during a private trade fair and visited factories in Bursa, Corlu and Maraş. Buyers and suppliers reported meeting new suppliers and placing initial orders valued at approximately $350,000, as well as learning about capacity and quality from Turkey.  Globally, Turkey ranks as the 4th largest garment supplier and the 12th largest yarn and fabric supplier. Turkey is also the second largest supplier of textiles to the European Union. The COTTON USA SCM Program’s Buyers Tours facilitate the sourcing process for buyers by pre-selecting manufacturers and providing basic company profile information targeted to buyers’ needs. By simplifying the sourcing process and promoting cotton consumption at retail, CCI reinforces long-term business and sales for mills, brands and retailers worldwide.


 Photo: Man standing in a denim factory look at the productiion.         Photo: Man standing in a factory looking at the poduction.

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COTTON USA Buyers Tour Brings Key Brands and Retailers to China

2007 (March)
The COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China streamlined the sourcing process for participating brands and retailers, enabling them to pinpoint qualified suppliers of U.S. cotton-rich products. Buyers expect to purchase $10 million in U.S. cotton-rich products to fit their sourcing needs, according to post-event surveys. The tour brought representatives from 19 key retailers and brands, with a combined annual turnover of $20 billion, to Shanghai to meet suppliers of cotton woven textiles. During the four-day tour the executives viewed a full range of U.S. cotton products and met with 36 mills and manufacturers. China is the world’s largest cotton consumer at the mill level, with an estimated consumption of 50.0 million bales for 2006/07 and projected mill use of 54.0 million bales in 2007/08.

Photo: Men in a conference booth writing down orders.   Photo: Three people in a booth viewing fabric samples.   Photo: Two men sitting at a table talking during a conference.


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U.S. Mills Identify Business Partners at Apparel Sourcing Show

2007 (April)
The COTTON USA stand at the show in Guatemala City provided a networking platform for nine U.S. textile mills participating in the Sourcing Program. The mills conducted about 140 private meetings in their booths and established relationships with nearly 20 new customers. Five sample orders were placed during the show, and the mills anticipate future orders of 250,000 pounds of U.S. cotton products. U.S. mills also benefited from a private function with the U.S. and Korean Ambassadors to Guatemala, sponsored by the Sourcing Program, to strengthen relationships with Korean textile and garment makers. In post-event surveys the U.S. mills noted that the event with the Koreans was particularly important since Korean companies control approximately 60 percent of the textile and apparel business in Guatemala. The COTTON USA Sourcing Program provides the most up-to-date information on business opportunities available throughout the entire cotton textile and apparel supply chain in the Western Hemisphere.

  Photo: Three people talking at the booth during the Apparel Sourcing Show in 2007.  Photo: Booths display at the Apparel Sourcing Show in 2007.  Photo: Two men talking at the booth during the Apparel Sourcing Show in 2007.

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COTTON USA Textile and Apparel Sourcing Tour to Turkey

Upcoming Event
In June 2007, CCI’s SCM Program will conduct the COTTON USA Textile and Apparel Sourcing Tour to bring retailers and brands to Istanbul to meet with key Turkish suppliers. During the three-day event, participants will meet the Board of Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations (ITKIB) for a seminar on Turkish capacities and competitiveness, tour showrooms and meet one-on-one with Turkish suppliers during a private trade fair. If you are interested in participating in this event, please download an application form and return it to your local 
CCI representative. 

(Application unable due to past event.)

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Twenty-Five Brands and Retailers Participate in First COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China

2007 (March)
Apparel retailing executives took advantage of CCI’s SCM services to identify sourcing opportunities available in China, the world’s leading textile supplier. Companies represented on the COTTON USA Buyers Tour to China in March 2007 have a combined annual turnover of over $18.5 billion. During the 5-day event in Shanghai and Wuxi, buyers met with 36 competitively priced, high quality suppliers of 100 percent cotton woven fabrics and apparel. Four COTTON USA qualified Chinese companies hosted the group for factory tours, leading to a greater understanding of the competitive high quality of U.S. cotton-rich products available from some of China’s leading textile and garment mills.

 

Photo: Attendees visiting a booth and viewing fabric.   Photo: Two men sitting at the table talking.   Photo: Two men looking at the fabric content on a suit jacket.

 

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U.S. Cotton's Customers Meet at Trade Shows in Paris

2007 (February)
The Texworld and Première Vision trade shows in Paris in February 2007 proved to be effective marketing platforms for U.S. cotton's customers.  Representatives of the international cotton trade—including weaving and spinning mills, brands, retailers and designers—met at the “Promoting U.S. Cotton” booth to discuss sourcing opportunities available through its SCM program. Marks and Spencer, Stefanel, Puma, Mothercare, Intersport and JC Penney were among the companies that visited the U.S. cotton booth. Three Turkish companies signed COTTON USA licensing agreements to take advantage of the SCM benefits offered to COTTON USA partners.


Photo: Two ladies sitting at a table talking.           Photo: Man and woman standing at a booth talking.

Photo: Booth display.

 

 

   

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